Carolyn A. Butts is the publisher/founder of African Voices, a leading non-profit arts magazine devoted to presenting fine art and literature by artists of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2017. She has served as an assistant press secretary to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and a press aide to former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. A former New York Post reporter, Carolyn was featured in Ms. Magazine’s October/November 2001 “Women to Watch” column for her outstanding achievement.

She has worked on many projects to increase the visibility of African-American artists in literature, film and art. In 1996, Carolyn co-produced a short film, Underground Voices, with Reg E. Gaines, the Tony-nominated writer of Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. Footage from Underground Voices aired on the PBS special I’ll Make Me A World. She is also working on her first feature length documentary Imhotep Gary Byrd: The Drum Master, a portrait celebrating the pioneering radio show host/producer of The Global Black Experience.

An unsung heroine, Carolyn is the founder of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (, the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival devoted to women of color in the film industry. In 2018 Reel Sisters was listed in Film Daily‘s top 10 women centered festivals.